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May 2015


Learn Before You Leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 5/28/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: ISU Louisa County Extension, 317 Van Buren, Wapello, IA
Notes: • Have you considered Government Contracting for potential sales prospects? • Are you unsure whether it is a market that you can/should expend resources for and pursue? • Have you heard differing stories on how to best do business with the Government? This workshop is perfect for the companies (small or large) that have considered selling their goods/services to the Government and either are unsure of the next steps, or are just not ready to commit to this market. We will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing some considerations, myths/facts, and recommendations for your business before you pursue the market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist, a no charge resource in your community to assist companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting.

8(a) Best Practices Group Discussion with SBA/CIRAS

Date/Time: 5/29/2015, 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street Urbandale, IA, Meeting Room B
Notes: This meeting will provide current and previously certified 8(a) companies in Iowa with the opportunity to share best practices, tips/recommendations and experiences for a successful 8(a) program. The event will be facilitated by SBA/CIRAS to ensure that topics such as partnering, marketing and locating opportunities are discussed. For more information contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu

June 2015


Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium

Date/Time: 6/3/2015 - 6/4/2015, 8:00am-1:00pm
Location: iWireless Center, Moline IL
Notes: Small businesses will have an opportunity to network at a large tradeshow, engage in educational sessions for small businesses interested in doing business with the Government, as well as meet with representatives from a variety of commands located on Rock Island Arsenal. The RIA Center of Excellence Advanced Planning and Briefing to Industry is also being held in conjunction with this event to provide forecasting of opportunities from the Amry commands at RIA. There will also be opportunities for small business matchmaking with large prime Government contractors.

LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 6/9/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: HNI Corporation
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

ILC - The Coach’s Workshop: Advanced Skills for Development Coaching

Date/Time: 6/9/2015, 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: Southeastern Community College, Burlington
Notes: The Coach’s Workshop will focus on two critical skills to help you ask the right question at the right time. First, you will be introduced to techniques for increasing your awareness of both yourself and the coachee as two people engaged in a purposeful discussion. Second, you will be shown ways to pick up on where the coachee is in his or her problem solving thinking and ask questions to help him or her to look more deeply or move ahead as needed. Together these skills can greatly improve your effectiveness in helping others develop their PDCA problem solving thinking.

ILC - The Coach’s Workshop: Advanced Skills for Development Coaching

Date/Time: 6/10/2015, 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: Cambridge Investment Research, Fairfield
Notes: The Coach’s Workshop will focus on two critical skills to help you ask the right question at the right time. First, you will be introduced to techniques for increasing your awareness of both yourself and the coachee as two people engaged in a purposeful discussion. Second, you will be shown ways to pick up on where the coachee is in his or her problem solving thinking and ask questions to help him or her to look more deeply or move ahead as needed. Together these skills can greatly improve your effectiveness in helping others develop their PDCA problem solving thinking.

Taking Care of Business Conference

Date/Time: 6/10/2015 - 6/12/2015, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Waterfront Convention Center | Quad Cities 2021 State Street Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
Notes: ABI is heading east for our 2015 Taking Care of Business Conference. Make plans now to join us along (and on!) the Mississippi River next June for the best business conference of the year!It's never too early to start planning for next year. Make a note on your schedule today to join us in the Quad Cities June 10-12, 2015 for top networking opportunities, inspiring speakers, educational breakouts and, of course, golf.

BizTalk Mastermind Group: What does market research mean for marketing?

Date/Time: 6/11/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: First fundamental principle "reg" that companies can use for their marketing pursuits. We will briefly discuss what market research means from a Government perspective and how you can use this information to your benefit! Discuss with peers some of their experiences and best practices.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 6/23/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?

ILC-Lean Business Management: Achieving Greater Financial Value from Lean, Jean Cunningham

Date/Time: 6/25/2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: TBA
Notes: Now broaden your lean gains beyond the shop floor. Many companies have realized Lean principles and tools can be applied throughout the enterprise. Discover other areas where you can leverage your operational changes to produce much more high value waste reduction.

Doing Business with the Government

Date/Time: 6/25/2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th Street, Atlantic, IA
Notes: Attendees will learn how to get started with government contracting at the federal, state, and local levels. We will discuss available resources and tips to determine if selling to the government is right gor you. To register, call 712-243-1132 or e-mail keolson@iastate.edu by noon on Wednesday, June 24th.

July 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Group: Exchanges with industry- what does the Government mean by this?

Date/Time: 7/2/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: Second principle "reg" that will help with more successful marketing pursuits- how does the Government engage with industry BEFORE they receive any proposals and how can you be someone they engage with? We will facilitate a discussion to explain this concept, provide some recommendations and allow for peer to peer sharing on this topic.

Partnership and Networking Event: Professional Services

Date/Time: 7/7/2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Iowa State University, Alumni Center Reiman Ballroom South, Ames, IA
Notes: These events, held on an annual basis for various industry sectors, provide an opportunity for Iowa companies to learn from one another on a variety of topics, find potential partnerships/new business opportunities, and really just build a greater network in Iowa.? To register, contact Melissa Burant, mmburant@iastate.edu.

LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 7/14/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Pella Corporation
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Topic: Problem Solving Methodology Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Velocity Scheduling System - How to Get More Jobs Done Faster

Date/Time: 7/14/2015, 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar covers EXACTLY how to get More Jobs Done Faster in a highly custom job shop or machine shop whether stand alone or within a manufacturing organization. We cover how scheduling is traditionally done, the scheduling problems most shops encounter and the mistakes most shops make when trying to schedule, and then we cover the Velocity Scheduling System approach. Nothing is held back. During the webinar you learn the full system and what to go do TOMORROW! If you have not yet read the special report, The 9 Challenges to Scheduling Your Job Shop and Why Your Schedule is Dead on Arrival, you can download that at http://www.velocityschedulingsystem.com/CIRASebook.pdf.

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 7/23/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Greater Burlington Partnership, RiverPark Place, 610 North 4th Street, Suite 200, Johnson Room, Burlington, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, contact Beth White, whiteb@iastate.edu.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 7/28/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?

August 2015


Manufacturing Leadership Program

Date/Time: 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Ames (Gateway Hotel)
Notes: The next generation of leaders will define your company's future. Are they ready? CIRAS has a way to help. Our intensive manufacturing leadership program will engage participants to understand their goals and abilities, educate them on the key aspects of leading a business, and embed the change through coaching. For additional information or an application, contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

BizTalk Mastermind Group: What does "sealed bidding" mean for marketing efforts?

Date/Time: 8/13/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 3rd principle will discuss this type of solicitation procedure that some of you may be familiar with and discuss how you can shape your marketing around this technique, even when it seems like there isn't much you can do!

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 8/25/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!

Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 8/25/2015 - 8/27/2015, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and make it a truly effective marketing tool! Registration and information coming soon!

Handicapped Development Center Capabilities Showcase and Networking Event

Date/Time: 8/27/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: ISU Scott County Extension, 875 Tanglefoot Lane Bettendorf
Notes: An opportunity to meet with contacts at the Handicapped Development Center in Davenport and receive a brief overview of the services they are able to perform to help larger companies in the local area. To register, contact Melissa Burant, mmburant@iastate.edu.

Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 8/31/2015 - 9/1/2015, 9:00am-9:30am
Location: Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! Registration and information coming soon!

September 2015


LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 9/8/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Agri-Industrial
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

BizTalk Mastermind Group: Wait a second, you may be missing out on bidding opportunities!

Date/Time: 9/10/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: Our 4th discussion point will discuss Government "regs" for publicizing (advertising) opportunities, and how you may be missing out on some...wait you mean there is more to life than fbo.gov? Yes there is and we will tell you what this means to you and hopefully get some input from the attendees and how they have shaped their marketing to take advantage of these opportunities.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 9/22/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 9/24/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, 217 East Main Street Ottumwa, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu.

October 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Group: How do "debriefings" help with your Government marketing efforts?

Date/Time: 10/1/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: For our final BizTalk principle regulation, we will discuss debriefings, and not just when you should ask for them, but how they can be a valuable part of your Government marketing plan and use them to solidify your position with your target customers.

Reshoring Mini-Event: Should you be Manufacturing or Sourcing Closer to Home?

Date/Time: 10/13/2015, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Cedar Rapids
Notes: Presentation on the topic of reshoring at the Cedar Valley APICS chapter's Professional Development Meeting.

Welcome to the HACCP Workshop for Meat, Poultry and Egg Plants

Date/Time: 10/22/2015 - 10/24/2015,
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: A HACCP workshop will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory October 22-24, 2015. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 10/27/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!

November 2015


LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 11/10/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Hill Phoenix
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 11/19/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Eastern Central Intergovernmental Association, 7600 Commerce Park, Dubuque, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting.? To register, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 11/24/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?